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Santa Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Santa Sugar Cookies are such a fun idea for Christmas. They are our favorite sugar cookie recipe.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time59 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Frosted Sugar Cookies, Santa Sugar Cookies, sugar cookie recipes
Servings: 40
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Camille Beckstrand


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Sheet


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 cups flour


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Santa Cookie Decorations

  • ½ cup red decorating sugar for the hat
  • ½ cup chocolate chips for eyes
  • 40 cinnamon candies for nose
  • 40 mini marshmallows for the hat
  • 1 cup shredded coconut for the beard


  • Mix butter, sugar, and eggs until well blended. 
  • Add baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and sour cream and stir well.
  • Add flour and gently combine.  If too sticky, add just a little more flour and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with a circle cookie cutter (I used a 2 3/4 - 3 inch diameter circle cookie cutter). 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes (you don't want to overcook them!).


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.  If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar and if it's too thick, add a little more milk.

Assemble the Cookies

  • Frost the cookie and immediately after add the sprinkles to the top third of the cookie with red sugar crystals (we held the edge of a little bowl to cover the rest of the cookie while we sprinkled the crystals on and it gave the hat a rounded edge).
  • Next, sprinkle the bottom third of the cookie with coconut (and come a little up each edge to meet the hat) to make Santa's beard. If your frosting dried quickly, you can put a drop of water on your finger and spread it on the frosting- the coconut should stick perfectly after that.
  • Place a marshmallow on the end of the hat, the chocolate chips for the eyes, and the red hot for Santa's nose.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg